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How do I decide between schools with great social atmospheres and prestigious academic programs?

Hey everyone! I'm a high school junior weighing my options for college. I've visited a few schools that have an amazing vibe, with lots of clubs and events, but their academic programs aren't as prestigious as those of other institutions I'm considering. How do I strike a balance between an excellent social environment and rigorous academics when selecting a school? Thanks for your thoughts!

9 months ago

Hey there! I completely understand your struggle in trying to decide between schools with a great social atmosphere and those with prestigious academic programs. My child faced a similar dilemma not too long ago. It's essential to consider what's most important to you in a college experience.

Think about your personal and professional goals. Will attending a prestigious academic program be more beneficial in the long run? Or is building a strong, diverse network and having a well-rounded college life with clubs and events more crucial to your happiness and success?

When my child was making this decision, we made a list of priorities, such as future job prospects, campus life, available support services, and financial affordability. This can help clarify what matters most in your college experience.

Additionally, don't forget to think about your major and department. A school may not necessarily have the overall prestige, but its specific program for your major might be outstanding. Also, consider reaching out to current students or alumni to gain an insider's perspective on various aspects of the schools you're considering.

Ultimately, it's essential to choose a school that you'll be happy attending and one that aligns best with your goals and priorities. Best of luck with your decision-making!

9 months ago

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